Going for the first interview means careful preparation.
Apart from the research required for the interview you will also need to think about the following points that relate to your general behaviour.
- On arrival at the premises where the interview is to be held be aware that you are being observed from the moment you enter the building
- Listen to instructions about where you are to sit, who you will meet and where to go
- Introduce yourself confidently, with a firm handshake and ask relevant questions to help break the ice
- Sit tall and comfortably; have a relaxed posture avoiding unnecessary fidgeting with hands and feet
- Eye contact; always look at the person you are talking to especially when meeting them for the first time and especially when you shake their hands
- During the interview; keep focused and pay attention, maintain appropriate eye contact not allowing yourself to gaze elsewhere or stare into space
- Respect your interviewer; answer questions thoughtfully and carefully using your normal voice
- Respect previous employment; a job interview is not the occasion to slag off former colleagues or bosses
- Ensure that you answer questions with as much specific detail as required [refer back to the competencies of the required job]
- Listen well; ask the interviewer to repeat questions that you do not understand
- Allow the interview to fully ask questions without interruptions; give yourself time to prepare your fully meaningful answer
- Remain calm and confident during the interview; desperation in your voice and becoming a mindless sycophant will do you no favours
- At the end of the interview thank the interviewer and panel for their time and consideration; if you are still interested in taking the job repeat your enthusiasm for the opportunity
Interview etiquette is something to be learnt and remembered.
It’s all about the socially acceptable and formal behaviours that are likely to be part of your networking and working life.
You will be well advised to practise and rehearse so you feel confident at interview.